I love hummingbirds—small, speedy, colorful and difficult-to-photograph birds that measure from 2.75 inches to 5.5 inches in length. These measuring-spoon sized avian acrobats act like California Condors when defending their territory from foreign invasion (i.e., other birds approaching ‘its’ feeder).

I feel tired just watching a hummingbird. Their hearts can beat up to 1260 times per minutes (a cardiologist’s nightmare). They excel in foreign acquisitions (they build expandable nests out of insect and spider silk). A hummingbird can consume up to 1.7 times their weight in nectar each day (imagine if we did that!). At night, they lower their metabolism and body temperature so they don’t have to eat.light

What I love the most about these feisty birds has more to do with light than with the birds themselves. A hummingbird perched on a branch reminds me of a little old tired person. They glance every which way, and their posture seems hunched and protective.

But, ah. The light. When the light shines at just the right angle, the male hummingbirds transform instantly into iridescent marvels. What appeared cute, but plain a split second before turns into something of indescribable beauty.

Going from Bleh to Beautiful

And so we humans transform when we encounter the Light.

Without the Light, we remain mundane, ordinary and curmudgeonly—defending our territory, our rights and ourselves. When we bask in his light, we allow ourselves to reflect his glory and others have an opportunity to see the blindingly beautiful person God intended us to be. 

When we bask in God's light, we allow ourselves to reflect his glory. Others have an opportunity to see who God intended us to be. Click To Tweet

No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well lighted as your best-lighted room.” (Luke 11:33-36—The Message)

I challenge you this week to look for opportunities to let God’s light shine on you and through you.

1. Link up your favorite posts from last week!

2. Visit TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.

3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer—just do it!

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  1. Hummingbirds are amazing. Until my mom hung a feeder close to her kitchen window and we saw them fight for their territory, I didn’t realize how territorial and loud they can be! In her Southern California yard, we saw the Anna hummingbird. The light on its magenta head was gorgeous. And of course, we need to do exactly as you said: bask in and reflect God’s light.

  2. I always love your beautiful photography. And I love these lessons brought from the beauty of hummingbirds. Grateful you shared these insights with us all. Praying for us all to be reflections of God’s light wherever He places us! Happy Monday!

  3. Dear Anita, once again your photography take my breath away! And what a big lesson to learn from these tiny creatures. Thank you for sharing this message of light on a dreary winter day.

  4. I love the photos of the hummingbirds and the lesson you draw from it. It is amazing to remember that though we may feel very ordinary and unimpressive, when God shines his light in us and through us, he can use us to share that with others and make an impact for him.

  5. What a great post, Anita! I’ve always thought hummingbirds are beautiful. They stop me with their vibrant color.

    I love how you transitioned to how we can become amazing and beautiful when God’s light shines brightly through us. And I LOVED this line from the Message: “If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.”

    Living in wide-eyed wonder and belief is something I want to become more adept at. 🙂
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  6. I love hummingbirds, but never realized they had to be in a certain light to have color. Interesting! Love how you liken it to us, and our faith-lives. Lovely post, Anita. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. (P.S., I’m actually going to remember this time that I don’t have a post-post today, just a linkup quote — and not accidentally link it this time. hehe 🙂 Wanted to let you know the reason, so you wouldn’t think I was avoiding it!) Will link back with you soon! xoxo
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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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